Mohan Sudabattula, OUR Grant Awardee, Selected for Presentation & Publication

Mohan Sudabattula, OUR Travel Grant Awardee and Undergraduate Research Leader, was recently invited to present his research at the 8th Annual CUGH Conference in Washington, DC on April 7 – 9, 2017. This professional international conference is hosted by Columbia University, Stellenbosch University & the University of Peradeniya and focuses on developments in global health.

Mohan was one of only a handful of undergraduate students selected to present their research alongside fellow co-workers from Georgetown, Duke, Harvard, Stanford, et cetera.

In addition, Mohan was selected to be published in the annual publication titled “Annuals of Global Health.” This publication, formerly published as The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, is a peer-reviewed, hybrid Open Access Journal focused on global health. The Journal’s mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge of global health, promote research, and foster the prevention and treatment of disease worldwide by supporting open dissemination and lively discourse about a wide range of the most important topics in global health and medicine.

Mohan’s research is on his international medical non-profit, Project Embrace. As an organization, Project Embrace is dedicated to the reduction of global health inequalities and promotion of a healthy planet through the interception of mislabeled medical excess to be reused by patients in need across the globe.

Mohan notes that “the only reason why [he] was able to present at this conference was through the support of OUR via Travel Grant.”

Congratulations, Mohan!

View Mohan’s published paper, Project Embrace: A Non-Profit Providing Sustainable Medical Materials to Low and Middle Income Countries, online in the “Annals of Global Health” at

Learn more about Project Embrace at

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Kim Gabbitas, OUR Grant Awardee, Wins Publication & Travel Award

Kim Gabbitas and mentor Tobias Hofman.

Kim Gabbitas, OUR Travel Grant Awardee, recently presented her research on Trade Union Trade-Offs: Unions, Voters, and the Rise of Right-Wing Populism at the 15th Claremont-University of California Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union on April 6 – 7, 2017. This annual conference is hosted by the European Union Center of California at Scripps College and attended by students from universities all over the US and Canada.

Kim’s paper was selected as one of the best papers at the conference for publication in the Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference Journal (an open access journal and compiles outstanding research papers by undergraduate students presented at the Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union) by participating faculty discussants and the EU Center staff.

In addition, Kim is one of two recipients of a travel award sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence at UC Berkeley to participate in the five-day EU visit program in June 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The program, which is coordinated by the Network of EU Centers of Excellence, gives students and teachers the opportunity to experience EU institutions and policymaking up close.

Kim’s conference paper develops a theoretical link between the declining influence of blue-collar unions and support for populist movements in European Union member states before statistically testing the empirical implications of her argument using European Values Survey data.

Kim’s research has been supervised by her faculty mentor, Dr. Tobias Hofmann, who also attended the conference as a volunteer panel chair, discussant, and judge. Kim and Dr. Hofmann acknowledge the generous support of the University of Utah’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Department of Political Science.

Congratulations, Kim!

View Kim’s award-winning paper, Trade Union Trade-Offs: Unions, Voters, and the Rise of Right-Wing Populism, online on The European Union Center of California, Scripps College website at

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